A Perfect Place to Die

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A Cemetery to Die For!

 After leaving the castle, I walked back down the hill on Lawnmarket, turned down George IV Bridge road, and headed toward the exit portals on Candlemaker Row to the vaults, hoping to get some photographs. I was a bit hungry, and happened to spot the Greyfriars Bobby and Bar on George IV Bridge. I stopped by for lunch and have to admit there's nothing like fish 'n chips in a Scottish pub. During lunch, I struck up a conversation with the server, asking him if there was anything close that was...
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Europe’s Most Haunted City – Edinburgh, Scotland

The rumors of ghosts and hauntings that run rampant in the City of Edinburgh, Scotland, will make you want to come back for more! One of the many things that I enjoy about my work, as mentioned in past articles, are the places my employment with IBM have taken me; most recently, to Edinburgh, Scotland. I was sure to pack my camera and recording devices to take a quick tour of the city. I knew from the many tales I’d heard that Scotland was full of haunted castles and battlefields, the most...
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The Ghosts of Japan

The general Japanese word for "ghost" is Obaka, which comes from the honorific "o" and the verb "bakeru," or "change." Thus, a Japanese ghost is a transformer; something that changes from one form to another. There is a rich and almost endless body of folklore detailing all kinds of ghosts and spirits. The type of Japanese spirit which most closely resembles our idea of a ghost is a Yurei. Yurei are spirits of the dead who return to earth for some reason, usually vengeance. They are most...
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What on Earth is Psychokinesis?

Psychokinesis is the psychic ability to move objects through an exercise of the human mind, either consciously or unconsciously. The word, psychokinesis, literally means soul movement (psyche- soul; kinesis- movement). Some of the earliest hard-core scientific research revolving around psychokinesis began at Duke University with the famed researcher, J. B. Rhine, who developed some of the first statistical protocols for analyzing ESP phenomena. His interest in psychokinesis began when he began...
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What on Earth is Telekinesis?

Telekinesis is also known as psychokinesis or (PK), which is the moving of objects using just your mind with no other physical contact involved. This is probably the rarest ability because very few have been able to demonstrate such ability and skeptics pretty much don't believe in it at all. However, it still generates interest and there have been a few modern studies in this phenomenon to the point that in this modern age, the term remote influencing is being used more and more instead of...
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Just Say No to Demons

Frankly, I'm troubled. I'm troubled by the kinds of training (or lack thereof) people who call themselves "ghost hunters" have received (or not received), especially when they offer their services to people who claim paranormal problems in their homes - people who are often scared by their experiences, and experiences that may or may not have a paranormal cause. I am troubled by the perpetuation of misinformation about ghosts, hauntings and poltergeists on the internet, and amongst ghost...
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America’s Mystery Lights

While researching a book on paranormal phenomena, I have been amazed at the number of "Ghost lights," "Spook lights," or "Mystery lights" that occur all around the country. Many of these lights occur near railroad tracks. Many have legends attached to them concerning engineers or train passengers who were involved in a terrible wreck in which they were decapitated, and the lights are generally flashlights or lanterns with which the ghosts are seeking to find their heads. Whatever the...
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The Impact of Illiteracy on Belief – Haunted India

India is a land of ancient history and civilizations and has seen different cultures and societies for thousands of years. This country is also considered to be the land of Gods and Mythology. India has gone through different changes through thousands of years but one thing which has never changed is the belief in spirits and spiritualism. From the time of Satyug, which is believed to be the time of Lord Rama, when there was only truth which existed on the Indian land to this time of modern...
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Whose Rules Are They Anyway

When I first began ghost hunting and paranormal investigating, the only way to educate myself was through reading the books that were available on the subject. After a couple of years, courses became available, and I took them. Since I knew absolutely nothing going into the field, I had to lead by example. I followed the "rules" set down by some of the "pioneers" in the fields. But not long after being in the field for a while, I began to ask myself, "Who made these rules, and why do we have...
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The Nephilim – Roots of a Civilization

We often take the roots of Western Civilization for granted. Yes, we are taught by convention that such roots find a strong hold in Mesopotamia around 3500 B.C. But, have you ever stopped to ask yourself how deep those roots go, and better yet, "who planted the tree?" angels along with the Nephilim taught men metallurgy, war craft, farming, husbandry, and a host of other bodies of knowledge defining civilizations. The great Mesopotamian hunter and king, Nimrod, is often regarded as a giant. We...
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The Nephilim – Fallen Angels or Alien Beings?

The sons of the gods, who came down from the heavens, to take the Daughters of Adam, then plant their seed, to bear their children. . . . I am not a Christian: I am a Unitarian Universalist. However, I do not feel that I need to be Christian to appreciate the worth of the Old Testament as a historical and cultural document, and to find the conclusions even some Christian writers are drawing from these stories of interest when combined with the research of people such as Stitchen and others....
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The Thing in the Courtyard

Continuing on in the subject of my previous blog entry, "A Haunted Church" I would have to relate that sometimes I get some flak from other Christian Ministers for even suggesting a church that is right with God can be haunted. Many offhandedly cast aside even the remote possibility that such an occurrence could happen. While I will not give an extensive history of such here, (and if one were to make a scholarly search in historical documents and published records from around the world, the...
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What the Heck Was That?

Getting Sucked Into the World of the Paranormal When one decides to become a Paranormal Researcher, it is usually not a decision taken lightly. Sure, you can jump on the proverbial band wagon after seeing a few episodes of Ghost Hunters and Paranormal State, get all the fancy, cool gadgets, and label yourself an Official Paranormal State, get all the fancy, cool gadgets, and label yourself an Official Paranormal Researcher (after all, there are no accredited programs to dispute out there,...
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Why Do We Do What We Do?

By Juan A. Torres - Paranormal Association San Tan The Driving Force Behind Paranormal Researchers When people first find out that I created Paranormal Association San Tan (P.A.S.T.), a non-profit corporation to investigate paranormal activity, I often get a look of disbelief until they realize that I am being serious. Of course the next question they ask is, “why?” Why indeed. Everyone has their own story as to why they do what they do. For me, it started when I was a young boy growing up in...
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What the Hell are They Talking About???

Ghost hunters, paranormal investigators, and paranormal researchers may seem to all speak in tongues, but it’s because they have their own language to define the unexplained. Here are just a few words to clear things up: Active – Used by paranormal investigators to indicate a place that has a great deal of unexplainable activity. Anomaly – An object or occurrence that is abnormal and not easily classified within scientific terms. Apparition – a supernatural appearance of a person or thing...
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The Exorcist – The Truth Behind the Film

Most people have either read the book (1971) or seen the film (1973) '"The Exorcist," where a young girl named Regan MacNeil was thought to be possessed by demons. However, in reality this film was based on the true life events surrounding a boy named Roland Doe. This story became the inspiration for one of the most popular horror films of all time. The writer, William Peter Blatty, became inspired to write this book after he discovered there were diaries of the exorcism, written by the Jesuit...
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Spotlight on the Artist – George Grie

Since we began the Journal of Anomalous Sciences our philosophy in design has been that the layout and graphics of an article can accentuate the story being told, making it more personal to the reader, by the proper selection of photography, graphics or video. As it can transport you into what you’re reading within our pages. Throughout the ages and all over the globe we are cultures that through the millennia that have used pictures to tell a story - whether it was by the writings on cave...
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Ghost Ships – The Nightmares of the Sea

On April 22, 2007, police called off a search for the three-man crew of a catamaran named "Kaz II," which was discovered drifting about 80 feet off the coast of the Great Barrier Reef. When the police boarded the ship, the engine was running and a meal was carefully laid out on the table. When the police called off the search, they said the men must have been swept into the sea by a storm nearly a week earlier. But the laptop computer was turned on and still running, even though, if the men...
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Speaking of Strange – An Interview with Joshua P. Warren

Joshua P. Warren was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, like most of his families’ descendants since the 1600’s, and continues to make the Blue Ridge Mountains his home. In his career, Joshua has written more than nine books since his very first “Haunted Asheville,” which he began writing at the very early age of 13 and became his first published work at age 18. He is president of his own multimedia production company “Shadowbox Enterprises, LLC,” and his interviews and articles...
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